Wendover Cricket Club notched a crushing 162-run victory at home to Lacey Green at the weekend to go second in Division One of the Mid Bucks Cricket League.
Put into bat first, Wendover enjoyed first use of a plumb= batting track with Chris Morley scoring 30 before George Robinson struck an fine 78.
Matt Robinson hit a quickfire 20 off only nine balls and then Seb Barr and Tom Jackson scored fluently despite some tight bowling and at the close, the pair were both unbeaten with Jackson finishing on 50 and Barr 47 as Wendover posted 245-4.
Lacey Green started well but consistently lost wickets and could only reach 57-3 off 15 overs. Soon afterwards, the pressure built and they collapsed to spinners Dave Gulliver (4-17) and George Robinson (4-12) to 83 all out, to give Wendover a crushing victory by 162 runs.
In Division Two of the Mid Bucks League, Wendover IIs batted first at Phoenix Old Boys but were soon in trouble at 29-3 on an uneven pitch.
However, Jon Merrell hit out strongly for 63 and with support from Joseph Glue 33, added 83 for the fourth wicket before Bob Glue hit a rapid 23 off 15 balls as wickets fell and 138-6 soon became 148-7 with 13 overs still to go.
But young Ben Pope quickly got into his stride and wrested the initiative with a commanding and brilliant 79 not out; his 50 came off only 28 balls and 42 balls in total. He was the dominant partner in stands of 21, 55 and 16 for the last three wickets and his innings included 10 fours and two sixes with 240-9 was the final imposing total.
In reply, Sam Boardman took an early wicket which precipitated a dramatic collapse as the home side struggled to 9-5 and 17-6 and he proved the virtue of bowling straight as he returned great figures of 4-12 off 6 overs.
There was a mid-order flurry of runs before Jonathan Seabrook had two wickets in two balls and Pope wrapped the innings up at 93 all out and victory by 147 runs.
The following day, Wendover Sunday XI played Chipperfield Clarendon, who batted well down the order and racked up a competitive 231-6 off 40 overs.
However,, that was soon put into perspective as Chris Morley (50) and George Robinson dominated the bowlers with a first wicket partnership of 165. Robinson kept going on to score a fantastic 149 not out and with the support of Andy Holmes, saw Wendover through to a remarkable nine wicket victory.
For Wendover U14s, Jacob Davis hit a fine maiden 50 in 129-7 off 20 overs. Gerrard’s Cross couldn’t compete and with Davis’ two wickets for four and Ben Pope’s 2-7, they closed on 70-8, giving Wendover victory by 59 runs.
It was another barren weekend for the Chearsley Cricket Club with both teams suffering defeats.
The firsts travelled to Northants to face Brackley, where skipper Veness won the toss and chose to bat first.
Only Matt Ricketts and Marc Hignell of the top order prospered to any extent, scoring 24 each, while lower order batsmen Ian Campbell made 14 and Peter Holland eight. The final Wendover total of 95 was at least 50 short of par.
Keith Cartwright (6-12) was the home side’s best bowler and Joshua Rowland chipped in with 3-29, Chearsley being all out in 43 overs.
Brackley didn’t have it all their own way in reply, losing five wickets, however Eric Carpenter’s 29 saw them to victory inside 27 overs. Ken Baker was the pick of the Chearsley bowlers with 2-16.
Chearsley IIs succumbed to an even heavier defeat against Thame.
Batting first, Chearsley lost the prolific pair of Stuart Burnham and Mark Claridge in the fifth over with only 26 on the board before Jonathan Hirst (21) and John Holland, who top scored with 26, added 49 for the third wicket.
However, of the rest, only Ejaz and Matt Shaw, both with 13, made any telling contribution. They were dismissed for 118 in the 35th over, Vimal Desai taking five wickets for Thame.
Thame had little trouble chasing down the target as openers Liam Earwicker (75no) and Jo Phippen added 90 for the first wicket, and the total was reached in the 26th over. Matt Shaw was the home team’s only successful bowler with 1-17.